Aluminum masts can have corrosion problems.
Originally Posted by rlawler
If it breaks it needs sophisticted equipment to repair.
A wood mast needs care to preven rotting. If it breaks it can be repaired with low tech tools.
A heavier mast is not necessarily bad. what matters is the weight from about halfway up. A heavy mast gives the boat a slower rolling motion. Very helpful to keep the crew from getting tired.
Lets say you have an aluminum mast that weighs 5.5 lbs. per foot
And you have the same size wood mast weighs 6.0 lbs. per foot.
It is not a problem. If the mast is 50 feet tall then the extra weight difference would only be 12.5 lbs. heavier from halfway up.
Also a round wood mast is aerodynamically better because no matter which way the wind is coming from the turbulance is the same-almost none. The aluminum mast if rectangle shape will have some turbulance (drag) from some angles.
In a sudden gust the heavier mast is going to resist being pushed around. The lighter mast will react quicker to a sudden gust.
I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.